Wednesday, February 20, 2008

Could spiritual healing actually work?

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... For decades, researchers have dismissed cases such as Ailsa's as pure hokum. But now, in an astonishing about-turn, scientists in the U.S. and UK have compiled a dossier of evidence that might - just might - show that prayer and spiritual healing are not just quackery after all.

Professor Harald Walach, a psychologist from the University of Northampton, says:
"We should take this phenomenon seriously even if we do not understand it. To ignore it would be unscientific. Our work shows that there is a significant effect."

For despite it being the most widely practised alternative remedy, science has only recently begun to investigate whether spiritual healing actually works. Scientists and doctors simply assumed that it didn't.

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